It’s more common than you’d think for both children and adults to have a fear of going to the dentist. This can lead to them skipping visits altogether, even when they know they need it. Our dentists and team members at Healthy Smiles Dental Care will do whatever it takes to help you feel comfortable and right at home while you’re here. However, those who need additional help can benefit from our multiple sedation options prior to treatment. Feel free to ask us about dental sedation the next time you call our office and schedule your next appointment!
With oral conscious sedation, our dentists will provide you with a pill and a series of instructions on how to properly administer it prior to your appointment. For example, you should take it several hours before your appointment. This means you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the practice. Once the sedative takes effect, you will feel drowsy, but still awake, meaning you’ll be able to answer simple questions and follow directions during your visit. If you have more severe dental phobia or anxiety, this option is likely the most suitable one for you.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a common and well-known type of sedation administered via a mask that is worn over your nose. Thanks to its anesthetic properties, it can be used to relieve discomfort as well as keep you calm during your treatment. We will closely monitor you throughout your whole procedure to ensure you get the amount you need to stay at ease the entire time. The effects of the gas should not remain after the mask is removed, meaning you can continue your day without interruption.